The future of West Ham United starlet Ravel Morrison faces more uncertainty as the board and Sam Allardyce stand at odds over whether the midfielder will be in the club's first team plans next season.
The former Manchester United prodigy produced sporadic moments of brilliance for the Hammers during the first half of last season before Allardyce allowed him to join Queens Park Rangers on loan in January following a dramatic slump in form.
Morrison then helped the R's achieve promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, but his stellar performances in the Championship have done little to improve Allardyce's opinion of him.
The West Ham boss now finds himself facing a row with club owners David Sullivan and David Gold, who are eager to hand the 21-year-old a new contract.
"Sam has said Ravel is not part of his plans but we do - as a board – see him part of our plans," Sullivan told talkSPORT.
"I think he said in a press conference, if I read it correctly, he's not part of his plans for the season. I think he said that in New Zealand but we don't agree with that. We would like to sit down and give him a longer contract."
However, Sullivan admits the club will have little choice but to sell Morrison should Allardyce not change his stance and refuse to play the England Under-21 midfielder.
"We do like him, we do see him as part of the long-term future of the club but we have to agree it with the manager because there is no point signing a player if he's not going to play."
Morrison was left out of Allardyce's squad for the club's pre-season tour of New Zealand, which began with a loss to Wellington Phoenix.